Advent of Code 2019 Day 1

This year I have decided to try and do the code challenges on the Advent of Code website in Scala and possibly Spark if needed (or an interesting solution arises).
These are simple little coding challenges given once per day like an Advent Calendar before Christmas.

I am starting a day late on the 2nd of December, but this hopefully means my solutions will not spoil it for anyone else!

Day 1: Part 1

The first challenge is a simple one, I will copy the whole challenge below:

— Day 1: The Tyranny of the Rocket Equation —

Santa has become stranded at the edge of the Solar System while delivering presents to other planets! To accurately calculate his position in space, safely align his warp drive, and return to Earth in time to save Christmas, he needs you to bring him measurements from fifty stars.

Collect stars by solving puzzles. Two puzzles will be made available on each day in the Advent calendar; the second puzzle is unlocked when you complete the first. Each puzzle grants one star. Good luck!

The Elves quickly load you into a spacecraft and prepare to launch.

At the first Go / No Go poll, every Elf is Go until the Fuel Counter-Upper. They haven’t determined the amount of fuel required yet.

Fuel required to launch a given module is based on its mass. Specifically, to find the fuel required for a module, take its mass, divide by three, round down, and subtract 2.

For example:

  • For a mass of 12, divide by 3 and round down to get 4, then subtract 2 to get 2.
  • For a mass of 14, dividing by 3 and rounding down still yields 4, so the fuel required is also 2.
  • For a mass of 1969, the fuel required is 654.
  • For a mass of 100756, the fuel required is 33583.

The Fuel Counter-Upper needs to know the total fuel requirement. To find it, individually calculate the fuel needed for the mass of each module (your puzzle input), then add together all the fuel values.

What is the sum of the fuel requirements for all of the modules on your spacecraft?

As I said this is simple enough; we need to calculate the fuel requirement based on the given formula for each module and sum them all together for our answer.

The formula given is: fuel = floor(mass / 3) - 2 (floor is just a function that rounds down the input).

We are given a puzzle input of a text file where each line is a number denoting the mass of a single module e.g.


We can load this into Scala and apply the formula to each line then sum the answer using code similar to the following:

import scala.math.floor

val filename = "input.txt"
// Open the input file
val bufferedSource = Source.fromFile(filename)

// For each line:
val total = bufferedSource.getLines()
  // Convert it to a Long
  .map(line => line.toLong)
  // Apply the formula we were given
  .map(mass => floor(mass / 3) - 2)
  // Sum all results together

// Display the total
println(s"Total: $total")

// Close the resource

Once we have a result it’s on to part 2 of Day 1.

Day 1: Part 2

The puzzle reads as:

— Part Two —

During the second Go / No Go poll, the Elf in charge of the Rocket Equation Double-Checker stops the launch sequence. Apparently, you forgot to include additional fuel for the fuel you just added.

Fuel itself requires fuel just like a module - take its mass, divide by three, round down, and subtract 2.
However, that fuel also requires fuel, and that fuel requires fuel, and so on. Any mass that would require negative fuel should instead be treated as if it requires zero fuel; the remaining mass, if any, is instead handled by wishing really hard, which has no mass and is outside the scope of this calculation.

So, for each module mass, calculate its fuel and add it to the total. Then, treat the fuel amount you just calculated as the input mass and repeat the process, continuing until a fuel requirement is zero or negative.

For example:

  • A module of mass 14 requires 2 fuel. This fuel requires no further fuel (2 divided by 3 and rounded down is 0, which would call for a negative fuel), so the total fuel required is still just 2.

  • At first, a module of mass 1969 requires 654 fuel. Then, this fuel requires 216 more fuel (654 / 3 - 2). 216 then requires 70 more fuel, which requires 21 fuel, which requires 5 fuel, which requires no further fuel. So, the total fuel required for a module of mass 1969 is 654 + 216 + 70 + 21 + 5 = 966.
  • The fuel required by a module of mass 100756 and its fuel is: 33583 + 11192 + 3728 + 1240 + 411 + 135 + 43 + 12 + 2 = 50346.

What is the sum of the fuel requirements for all of the modules on your spacecraft when also taking into account the mass of the added fuel? (Calculate the fuel requirements for each module separately, then add them all up at the end.)

This is a little harder than Part 1.

Now for each module we need to calculate the fuel required for not just the module but the fuel to carry the additional fuel!

Luckily the way we structure our Scala code makes this easy to do. We can replace our simple fuel calculation with a call to a more complex function before our sum function call:

def calculateFuel(mass: Long): Long = {
  // define the fuel function we will be using
  val fuelFunction = (mass: Long) => (floor(mass / 3) - 2).toLong
  // calculate the initial fuel we need for the given mass
  val initialFuel: Long = fuelFunction(mass)
  var total: Long = initialFuel

  // Loop round adding any additional fuel required until it reaches 0 or less
  var additional: Long = fuelFunction(initialFuel)
  while (additional > 0) {
    total += additional
    additional = fuelFunction(additional)

  // return the total

// For each line:
val total = bufferedSource.getLines()
  // Convert it to a Long
  .map(line => line.toLong)
  // Apply the formula we were given
  .map(mass => calculateFuel(mass))
  // Sum all results together

This will return us our result, applying that function to all the masses we are given before totalling up.

This completes Day 1 of Advent of Code 2019!

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